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2 stars IQ - Stage (2006)

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Progressive rock is not known to be music for intensive live concerts with bands giving wild performances. Often there are no jumping guitarists, insain drummers, banging bass-players and vocalist that commune very well with an audience. Often there are some light-shows, but they never are as intensive as with many other rock-styles. This typical form of ignorance of the crowd, feeling of musical superiority or just clumsiness on stage is why prog will never be popular again. Playing live is only 50% about the music, it's about the show! People came to SEE you play, not only to hear you play.

Having that said I will give my honest opinion (you all like my honesty): This dvd bore me to death. There wasn't a single moment on which I though: this is a professional band. The band- members all look away (I couldn't see the face of the guitarist) and make no real contact with the public during the songs whatsoever. The songs are played with great precision, all instruments sound good except some keyboard passages, even the vocals are acceptable, but the music still sounded lame. Why not just play behind a curtain? If the neo-prog was based on the work of early Genesis, they might consider what made Genesis a big live act! It was the show, the way the brought their songs to the public, the way the lyrics got a new dimension through honest, intensive performances.

Conclusion. This is by no means a concert of a bad band. They can play there songs for sure, but I didn't believe a word of it. Not even a note. Do these guys like to play music, or were they forced to play the piano by their parents? I wish they had placed hot coals under their feet; it might have got them moving! Two miserable stars. Only buy this if your a fan of the band or the genre. I'm sorry if I have offended some fans, but again: you appreciate my honesty, don't you?

friso | 2/5 |


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